Nature and Environment

Mexico, Sea Shepherd reach agreement to return patrol ships to Sea of Cortez

Sep 27, 2021 Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s activist crews will once again patrol the Upper Gulf of California for fishing nets considered the leading threat to the vaquita marina porpoise.

New poll shows strong opposition to the proposed copper mine at Oak Flat

Sep 23, 2021 According to the new poll, about 3 out of 4 Arizonans do not support the proposed Resolution Copper at the Apache religious site.

Projections on drought-hit Colorado River grow more dire

Sep 23, 2021 The U.S. government has released projections that indicate an even more troubling outlook for a river that serves 40 million people in the American West.

Nalgene, the reusable water bottle company, helps fund clean water project in Navajo Nation

Sep 21, 2021 About 30% of people living on the Navajo Nation don't have running water. The Navajo Water Project is trying to change that.

Water agencies resolve Colorado River dispute

Sep 20, 2021 Dispute in California once threatened to derail a multi-state agreement to protect the Colorado River.

Forest Service plan to extend forest maintenance program is put on hold

Sep 19, 2021 Lawmakers demanded the agency reverse course, saying the decision is “particularly dangerous” at a time when “wildfire seasons gets longer each year.”

Drought persists in Southwest despite summer rains

Sep 17, 2021 Forecasters predict hotter than normal temperatures and lower than normal snow and rain through the end of the year.

USMCA commission asks Mexico to respond to alleged lack of protection for endangered porpoise

Sep 15, 2021 Officials in Mexico have 60 days to respond to a petition alleging the country is failing to enforce environmental laws meant to protect the vaquita marina porpoise.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife rejects Rosemont Copper petition to shrink critical jaguar habitat

Sep 3, 2021 Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals sought to deem a portion of the Santa Rita range no longer essential for jaguars.

The Desert Blooms in a Bountiful Monsoon.

Sep 1, 2021 Also on Arizona Spotlight: Why the music of the rock group Fanny is rocking a whole new generation!

Judge strikes down Trump-era water regulation that limited protections

Sep 1, 2021 Two local tribes were part of the effort to restore broader definitions of protected waterways in the Clean Water Act.

Award recognizes Tucson Water's sustainability

Sep 1, 2021 Twenty years ago, Tucson was the largest American city entirely reliant on groundwater.

Flood watches blanket Arizona because of tropical moisture

Aug 31, 2021 Flood watches issued for all of Arizona effective from late Tuesday morning until late Wednesday evening.

The Rogue Theatre presents "A White Heron".

Aug 25, 2021 Also on Arizona Spotlight: The Bisbee Bloomers' annual garden tour returns; and remembering drumming legend Charlie Watts.

Federal judge says Customs and Border Protection broke environmental law

Aug 24, 2021 Lawsuit accused the agency of failing to assess how ramped up border enforcement would impact the borderlands and endangered species that live there.

Arizona faces cut in water supplies as shortage is declared on Colorado River

Aug 16, 2021 Arizona will lose 18% of its share of Colorado River water next year, with cuts falling largely on farmers.

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